Past, Present, Future: Exploring Boulder’s Natural Environment
Three organizations at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) - Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory (BcCZO), Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research (NWT LTER) program, and Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) have partnered with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Museum of Boulder (MOB) to collaborate on a mutually beneficial environmental outreach and engagement project for the Boulder community...
Pathways2Teaching: College Readiness and Support for High School Students in Boulder
Pathways2Teaching (P2T) is an innovative college readiness program designed for 11th & 12th grade high school students to explore issues in education, social justice and equity, and teaching as a potential career choice. The P2T program offers concurrent enrollment and college credit for high school students, with a focus on students from historically marginalized backgrounds and students who will be first generation college goers...
Pendulum New Music
The Pendulum New Music concert series, now in its 15th season, presents some of CU's best performers from all departments, premiering original music of our CU composers. Every monthly concert also features a faculty or guest performance that have included preeminent pianist Ursula Oppens, Bang on a Can All Stars, California Ear Unit, and eighth blackbird...
Performers Without Borders
Performance is a communicative tool to address topical issues relevant to society and ourselves. The program's mission is to utilize the communicative power of the performing arts to inspire individuals to use their voice effectively in speaking out and acting on their local and global concerns.
-Give existing performing arts students an outlet in which they can combine their knowledge of the arts with community action...
PhET Interactive Simulations
PhET Interactive Simulations provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena and mathematics for free for elementary, middle and high school through the university level. PhET believes that their research-based approach, incorporating findings from prior research and its own testing, enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying math and science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world...
Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado (POPCO)
Since its inception in 1995 the Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado has conducted philosophy classes for thousands of elementary, middle school, and high school students around the state of Colorado. Through POPCO, paired teams of CU graduate students and/or faculty lead Socratic discussions on topics that have been custom tailored to each teacher's curriculum...
Physics Trades Teaching Lab
The Physics Trades Teaching Lab has existed for more than 20 years (established 1997) and has trained over 4000 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and off campus individuals (from Boulder and the surrounding areas) in our courses on Machine Shop Technology and Beginning Welding. The Lab’s mission of providing Technology training for campus faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students continues to be successful in providing the missing “T” in the STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at the University level...
Piano for Dreamers
The goal of "Piano for Dreamers" is to offer no-cost introductory piano classes to a group of low-income children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in the Boulder area during the fall 2019 and spring 2020. These students currently receive other types of academic support from the Boulder Valley "I Have a Dream" foundation. The goal of the classes is to provide an introduction to piano playing, music reading, theory and music history...
Pre-Collegiate Development Program
The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado Boulder is an institutionally-funded academic enhancement program for targeted middle and high school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first generation students in pursuit of their higher education goals. PCDP is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll and be successful at any postsecondary institution of the student's choice...
Prehistoric Pottery and Ancient Stone Tools Hands-on Workshop
Prehistoric Pottery and Ancient Tools Workshop (recommended for 3rd - 5th grades)
Examine and classify prehistoric pottery and explore ancient tools. Learn the steps of making ancient pottery, flint knapping, fire starting and drilling. Students create their own pots and cast projectile points to take home.
Workshops are offered in conjunction with guided programs to provide a more in-depth learning experience; students will create an object of their own to take home...
Price of Opportunity
The Price of Opportunity project includes a process for identifying and then pricing out the school-site programs and resources necessary to ensure that every child, regardless of circumstance, has an approximately equal opportunity for academic success. Currently, societal inequalities are often amplified by school inequalities. Yet, the notion that public schools are society’s “Great Equalizer” persists...
Program for Writing & Rhetoric: Writing 3020 - "On the Border: Mexico and the U.S."
"On the Border: Mexico and the U.S." examines the border both in its physical form and as a border between cultures and languages. The class begins with a discussion of the meaning of "borders" and with a look at the history of the U.S./Mexico border both as a physical and metaphorical space. The course then examines the discourse of immigration through the novel Tortilla Curtain, in various articles, videos and news reports, through class speakers and through discussions of student work in the volunteer community...
Program for Writing & Rhetoric: Writing Initiative for Service and Engagement (WISE Project)
Through the Program for Writing and Rhetoric's Writing Initiative for Service and Engagement (WISE), founded by Dr. Veronica House in 2008, the program has integrated service-learning and civic engagement throughout its lower- and upper-division writing courses.
Currently, 30% of their writing faculty teach community-engaged rhetoric and composition courses each year to about 1,200 students, who spend over 15,000 hours on community-based writing projects...
Administered by CU Engage: Center for Community Based Learning and Research in the School of Education, Public Achievement invites K-12 students to find solutions to public issues relevant to their lives that reflect their own values and beliefs. CU Boulder undergraduates, who are enrolled in a practicum course titled INVS 2919: "Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools" serve as Public Achievement coaches...
The Puksta Scholars is an exemplary academic scholarship program for undergraduate students who have a deep commitment to civic engagement, who want to bring about positive change within our communities and society, who demonstrate strong academic goals and want to further their knowledge and skills.
Puksta Scholars are engaged in a rich and stimulating program of civic engagement...
Ralphie's Kids Roundup
Ralphie's Kids Roundup (RKR), funded in part by the generosity of donors, provides an opportunity for Colorado kids, 8th grade and under, to experience college sports at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Unfortunately, kids who are in 9th grade and above are unable to participate due to NCAA rules. Sports in this program include Football, Volleyball, Soccer and Women's Basketball...
Re-Designing Literacy: An Intergenerational Reading and Writing Program Involving Teacher Education Students, the Centaurus High School 9th Grade Language Arts Team, and Local Elders
This project will assist in-service and pre-service teachers in implementing the newly instituted Colorado Academic Standards for Reading, Writing and Communicating in ways that promise to enhance diverse students' learning. Our goals are threefold: 1) to work with Centaurus High School 9th grade language arts teachers in developing a standards-based non-fiction curriculum, 2) to provide CU English language arts teacher-education students opportunities to participate in the curriculum-design process and to support 9th grade writers, and 3) to continue our earlier efforts to develop intergenerational literacy activities that will support the goals of school-based learning while fostering caring relationships between adolescents and elders...
Reconnecting the Public to Solar Physics through Magnetism
Through a dynamic cross-disciplinary collaboration, we are developing an immersive science exhibit for students and the public visiting Fiske Planetarium to interact and engage with solar and space physics phenomena related to magnetism. The project is engaging over 20 undergraduate and graduate students to design, prototype, and fieldtest exhibit concepts through a 2019 Spring Semester studio course, ATLS 4519/5519: Design an Immersive Science Exhibit...
Renewable and Sustainable Energy (RASEI) Certificate Programs
CU-Boulder's undergraduate and graduate energy certificate programs provide a broad exposure to energy issues, with an emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy.
Required coursework for the undergraduate program includes energy science and technology, policy, and economics, plus electives in energy and environment, journalism, ethics, and other topics...
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI)
RASEI (pronounced RAY-see) is a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to expedite the energy industries of the 21st century by advancing renewable energy research, engineering, and analysis. RASEI forms the center of an integrated energy campus by combining the best of NREL's mission and capabilities with the education and scholarship of CU-Boulder in partnership with industry and other federal research labs for a new generation of research...